In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. - Shunryo Suzuki
... and I have been feeling very much like a beginner lately. I think when I started with photography I assumed at some point I would know what I'm doing; and it is true that I know much more than I did two years ago, one year ago, even several months ago. But I have been reminded that in photography, like many endeavors, the more you learn the more you understand how much you still don't know.
One project I like to do at the end of each year is put together a photo book of the best/favorite images. Seeing where I was and where I am, I have found it to be a good antidote to the feeling that I'm still a baby at this art. Then, when I begin to feel too much like an 'expert,' I assign myself a new project. My newest project is to take on my own printing; the printer arrived Friday, rather intimidating at first. This called for another pass through last year's photographs, looking for ones that I wanted to try printing. I had forgotten about these leaf studies I shot last spring - I have to say, it looks marvelous as a print!